Three poor performances in four outings for
"If it's on his mind, that's a little bit of a red flag," Gibbons told the MLB Radio Network. "The ball is coming out good, the stuff's good."
The results are not good. Aside from a six-inning shutout performance in a defeat of Baltimore, he has given up 13 runs on 19 hits in 10 2/3 innings. He failed to exceed four innings pitched in any of those starts.
Uribe is 1 for 16 since slugging a home run against Arizona on April 18. His batting average, which had stood at .379 three days earlier, has slid to .310. But he still owns an impressive slugging percentage of .512, which is higher than he has achieved in any full season since 2002.
Strop threw 31 innings during Wednesday's contest, and will not be used Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria reiterated Thursday that the team is still utilizing a closer by committee approach in the late innings.
The greatly anticipated debut of stud
Springer is hitless in his last 14 at-bats after a decent start. He has just six hits, including five singles, in 33 at-bats since his promotion. He has also struck out 11 times and owns an unimpressive .182/.250/.212 stat line.
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Eaton has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Pollock has missed every game of the Chicago series due to a stiff neck. Tony Campana will get the nod in center. Pollock is hitting .235 in 68 at-bats.
Trumbo has a stress fracture in his foot, which will require some time to heal. The team called up Roger Kieschnick to replace Trumbo. Prior to the injury, Trumbo hit .210 in 80 at-bats. It's unclear how long Trumbo will be out.
Plouffe has 13 RBI in 20 games, which puts him on a 105-RBI pace for the year. He has remained steady throughout and has embarked on a hot streak in which he has six hits in 17 at-bats with five runs scored over the last four games.
The 27-year-old Plouffe has also grown more patient at the plate. He is on pace to exceed 100 walks - quite remarkable considering his career high is 37.
Parker posted a 16.20 ERA over 1 2/3 innings with the club. He was replaced by Neil Ramirez and Zac Rosscup, both of who were called up Thursday.
Kieschnick was called up, and penciled into the starting lineup immediately. He's likely to replace Mark Trumbo, who is dealing with a foot injury.